Reality TV show quitters are usually dragged by fans, but "Project Runway" Season 14 viewers showed their softer sides last night during Episode 7 when designer Jake Wall decided to leave. It was noticed that he was looking down, and apparently it wasn't just because he almost went home the week before. As he explained to Tim Gunn, he got a call that his dog was sick and wasn't going to make it.
Jake had apparently already lost his parents and said "this dog has been my rock when I needed one." He cried, saying maybe not everyone would understand, but he felt he had to go home and be there for his dog or he'd regret it. Tim, an animal lover himself, was compassionate and said he understood. "Project Runway" is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but the kind of "unconditional love" you get from a family member is worth more than the potential money or career boost.
It was a heartbreaking (but also heartwarming) moment, and PR fans took to Twitter to share their sympathies:
Oh. Poor Jake. Losing a pet just sucks. And sucks hard. #ProjectRunway
— Melrose Plant (@melrose_planet) September 18, 2015
oh no, Jake has to put down his dog? That's horrible. Pets are like family. Poor guy. #ProjectRunway
— JamaicanBeauty7 (@JBeauty7) September 18, 2015
Now some designers might give jake guff for leaving over a dog, but i think it's worth it. Family first. #projectrunway
— ossang (@whatossangsaw) September 18, 2015
— Gossip and Gab (@gossipandgab) September 18, 2015
Dogs are family and family is more important than any tv show. 1000% support Jake. #ProjectRunway
— Annie Moore-Rollins (@checkerlips) September 18, 2015
Ahhh man...the dog. I wld leave too. My big friend "Dude" has been w/me 14 yrs. I cried Jake, right along with you. So sorry #ProjectRunway
— Patti (@pattistarz) September 18, 2015
All these years of watching #ProjectRunway & emotional scenes & Jakes' dog being put down brings me to tears. Poor jake ????
— Mike C (@uncannynerf) September 18, 2015
Watching Jake Wall leave #ProjectRunway because of his sick dog was just so sad. He did the right thing. I know how that feels. ????
— Sulaiman Albanai (@Themcfan) September 18, 2015
Just bawled like a baby for the reason Jake left #ProjectRunway. I would do the same for my dog.
— Katelyn Sabler (@KatelynSabler) September 18, 2015
And here's shot of the sweet little guy from Jake:
— JAKE (@iwearjake) September 17, 2015
Pets aren't like family, they are family. Jake made the right call, and hopefully he has no regrets.
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